The Faculty in the Department of Sociology and Geography recognize the changing nature of higher education in the digital age. Non-traditional students, as well as traditional students, can and do benefit from the flexibility that on-line learning offers.
While on-line courses do present limitations to the learning experience (i.e. they are not a substitution for the classroom setting) they can serve the interest of a diverse student body. With this in mind, our on-line courses are designed to accommodate all students’ circumstances without sacrificing quality instruction or academic standards.
Currently, our on-line courses are limited to mostly entry-level core courses. However, when possible we offer upper-level courses and we hope to offer more core major courses in the future. Below is a list of on-line courses that our department offers regularly and year-round.
On-Line Sociology Courses
SOCI 203 – General Sociology [On-Line] (3 cr): This course introduces the student to the concepts and theories that pertain to social relationships and social organization. The course covers topics that range from micro interpersonal relationships to macro social structures. The course is a prerequisite for all other courses in sociology and/or social welfare. Not recommended for freshmen.
SOCI 205 – Social Problems [On-Line] (3 cr): In large, complex, heterogeneous, and rapidly changing societies, social problems are inevitable consequences. The problems may vary in their nature, extent, and volume but the negative impact has equally significant implications for all aspects and members of the society. Although these problems are an integral aspect of society, their impact needs to be and can be controlled within a normal range. In order to ameliorate the negative consequences of these social conditions so that they do not reach a pathological state, it is imperative to understand their source, nature, and effects. This course examines these aspects of various social problems and the suggested corrective strategies to deal with them.
SOCI 303 – The Family [On-Line] (3 cr): This course is an objective description and analysis of families. The course will examine the development and functions of traditional family forms as well as explore a variety of other family forms. Problems and issues facing contemporary families will be addressed. Diversity among American families will be emphasized.
SOCI 312 – Juvenile Delinquency [On-Line] (3 cr): The course provides an understanding of the historical development of the concepts of delinquency and juvenile justice system; the volume and extent of delinquency; and the nature and processes of the juvenile system and corrections. The course will also explore various factors (biological, psychological, and sociological) associated with delinquency. These theories and an understanding of the aspects of delinquency and juvenile justice are imperative to the development of effective means of preventing young persons from starting the life of crime or graduating to adult criminal life.
SOCI 333 – The Sociology of Sport [On-Line] (3 cr): This course surveys the principles that underlie the social structure and processes that create and transform the social institutions within the institution of sport. It also investigates the social milieu in which sport participation is embedded with respect to who participates, when, where, and the consequences of participation.
SOCI 399A – Urban Sociology [On-Line] (3 cr): This course provides students with an overview of the theories, topics, and issues that are central to urban sociology. It also provides students with the opportunity to engage published research on urban issues by developing a critical understanding of the problems facing urban communities.
SOCI 402 – Criminology [Hybrid] (3 cr): Crime is a major social problem that increasingly continues not only to undermine and stifle individual liberties, but also is having a tremendous draining effect on the already burdened valuable resources of the American society. This course provides an understanding of the historical development and definition of the concepts of crime and the criminal justice system; the volume and extent of crime; and the nature and processes of the criminal justice system and correction. The course will also explore various factors (biological, psychological, and sociological) associated with crime.
On-Line Criminal Justice Courses
CRIM 200 – Introduction to Criminal Justice [On-Line] (3 cr): This course will provide an overview of the criminal justice system, its history, its philosophical development, and its contemporary configurations. Issues of law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections will be covered. Students will examine career opportunities and requirements in the criminal justice field and will become familiar with local, state, and national criminal justice systems.
CRIM 399A – Gender and Crime [On-Line] (3 cr): Gender and Crime explores the intersection between gender/women and crime. Such experiences are explored in an examination of gender constructionism, women’s historically disadvantaged status in a patriarchal society, and the multiple ways through which law, and the criminal justice system in particular, help maintain modern systems of patriarchy. We will discuss violence toward women alongside possible interventions and solutions to crime issues. The course provides an understanding of the nature and extent of women as offenders, as victims and as workers in the criminal justice system. The course will examine theories related to crime and victimization among adolescent females and women. We will review the historical and present-day experiences of women as professionals in policing, courts, law, and corrections.